Dates for your diary.

Start back – Tuesday 5th September 2017

Term Dates for 2017 – 2018.

  • Break up for half term – Friday 27th October 2017.
  • Start back – Monday 6th November 2017.
  • Break up for Christmas – Friday 22nd December 2017.
  • Start back – Monday 8th January 2018.
  • Break up for half term – Friday 9th February 2018.
  • Start back – Monday 19th February 2018.
  • Break up for Easter – Friday 23rd March 2018.
  • Start back – Monday 9th April 2018.
  • Break up for May Day – Friday 4th May 2018.
  • Start back – Tuesday 8th May 2018.
  • Break up for half term – Friday 25th May 2018.
  • Start back – Monday 4th June 2018.
  • Break up for summer – Friday 20th July 2018.


Parent Consultation Meetings.

  • Term 1 – Thursday 7th December or Monday 11th December.
  • Term 2 – Thursday 8th March or Monday 12th March.
  • Term 3 – Monday 2nd July (meet new teachers and view your child’s work).


INSET so school closed to pupils.

  • Friday 29th September.
  • Friday 19th January.
  • Thursday 3rd May.



The KS2 sports afternoon was a great success. Firstly, the afternoon was dry, and secondly everyone had great fun. The five activities were all competed in with great sportsmanship and lots of cheering and support from their peers. A year 3 girl, a year 3 boy, a year 4 girl, a year 4 boy, a year 5 girl and a year 5 boy were all crowned champion for each activity: the long throw, the javelin, the long jump, the long distance race and the sprint race. Thank you to everyone that competed during the afternoon to make it the success it was.

Newsletter July 2017

Newsletter July 2017

We break up for summer – Tuesday 25th July at 1.15pm.

It is a non uniform day, and we would like contributions of approximately 50p for coming in purple, favourite outfits or non- uniform.

Thank you for all your support this year. We hope you have a lovely break and we’ll see you on Tuesday 5th September.

From September we will no longer be providing water bottles, so children may bring their own to school on Mondays and take home on Fridays for washing. If your child does not bring a water bottle each class will have a beaker at the sink for children to rinse and share.

If your child requires a book bag to bring their reading book to and from school these can be purchased from Pinders (at the bus station) for £3.50. School will no longer have any available for you to buy.

From September in the morning:

Foundation children will enter school by the Foundation gate where you and your child will be met by Foundation staff.

Children from Y1 to Y6 will enter school by the main gate, near the steps. Please note parents leave children at the main gate; they do not escort children to the classroom.

From September in an evening:

Foundation parents will be admitted through the Foundation gates and then they can collect their children from either Mrs Pease’s or Mrs Yasseen’s unit.

Y3/4s will leave from the gates next to the Foundation Unit.

Y1/2s will be collected from the main gates which will open at 2.55pm.

Y5/6s will leave from the door next to the main gates.

Please note children in Y3,4,5 and 6 will just be dismissed at home time unless you instruct them to wait for you.


Mrs Oxley has now started her maternity leave – we wish her all the best.

Mrs Ahmed is also leaving us to take up her new teaching post at East Dene Primary School – we would like to thank her for all her hard work and wish her all the very best


We were honoured this week to be winners at the prestigious Yorkshire Primary P.E and School Sport Premium Sport awards. Two pupils that are highly involved in both school sport and our School Council were invited to accompany Rob Lyne and Mr Little at the awards ceremony which took place at the Pavilions of Harrogate.  We were the winners in the category of Whole School Improvement and received an honourary Plaque which will be proudly displayed in school.

Newsletter July 2017

Non Uniform Day on 25th July.

Fundraiser for Trailblazer Allstars.

During January and February Miss Cant (a PE student at Sheffield Hallam University) completed her teaching practise with us. She worked with every class in school. She gave up her free time to help Mrs Hill coach the gymnastics squad; and the Y5/6 squad won the Rotherham Final and they went on to compete in the South Yorkshire Finals. She also choreographed a cheerleading routine and the squad came second in the Rotherham Cheerleading final – this is an event that we have never competed in before.

Miss Cant is a member of Trailblazer Allstars  – a cheerleading squad who have been selected to compete in the World Cheerleading Competition in Florida next year.

As a Primary PE School Of Excellence we believe it is important to support our local athletes so we are having a ‘purple day’ to help raise money to donate to the squad to get them to Florida. Donations for coming in non-uniform, favourite outfits or purple will be appreciated.

Dates for your diary.

Break up for summer – Tuesday 25th July at 1.15pm.

Start back – Tuesday 5th September.

Our Y6s leave us on Friday 14th July and we wish them all the best. This means children from Foundation to Y5 will begin their transition to their new classes on Monday 17th July. They will register as normal in their current class before moving to their new classes. They will return to their original classes before home time so children will come out of the gate that they normally leave from.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston

The children in Year 5 and Year 6 have been learning about minibeasts and their living environment.  They all went to the Tropical Butterfly House on Friday, 30th June.  Whilst there, they all had an opportunity to handle minibeasts such as cockroaches, stick insects and tarantulas.  Some children also listened to talks about snakes and saw them being handled whilst others saw owls and parrots flying for their handlers.  They also saw a large number of animals, many of which can be seen in the photographs.

Kingswood Residential 2017

On Monday 5th June, 30 Year 5 children and 4 teachers went to Kingswood Dearne Valley for their residential.  During the 3 days they were there, they took part in several organised activities that they had not attempted before.  This included activities such as: Archery, Fencing, Climbing, High Ropes and Low Ropes.  They had an amazing experience as you can see from the photos.  Over 500 photos were taken, the slide show is just a small sample of them. 

Sponsored Penalty shoot out

On Friday 23rd June, all the children in school too kpart in a sponsored penalty shoot out with Rotherham United Football Club.  They all enjoyed scoring against the Rotherham United staff. 

South Yorkshire Sport

Thornhill Primary School’ Sports Teams have once again surpassed all high expectations and previous successes by reaching the South Yorkshire Finals across four different sports.  Our year 3/4 Cricket team, year 3/4 Tennis team, year 5/6 Tri-Golf team and Year 5/6 Netball team have achieved several victories in many rounds of competitions to reach the South Yorkshire School Games.  These teams will now go on to represent Rotherham on the 5th July as part of a huge nationwide event.  Good luck to all the pupils involved, everyone connected with Thornhill Primary are immensely proud of this phenomenal achievement.  

Rotherham Children’s Festival

For Picture This, we have been studying a painting by Pieter Bruegel called Children’s Games.  We have made a material collage of our school playground which is on display at Magna.  We have also written poems, instructions and descriptions relating to the painting.   Some children in Year 5 also went to the ‘Big Blast’ where they play the Glockenspiel.

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